Clemson Star Puts Best Foot Forward

Is Myles Murphy the real deal?

Those in the NFL think so, especially after several mock drafts have the former Clemson Football star landing in the top 10 of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Murphy is one of three former Tigers project to hear their names called in the first round of the NFL Draft, which will be held April 27-29 in Kansas City, Mo. Defensive tackle Bryan Bresee is also projected by some as a top 10 pick, while linebacker Trenton Simpson is expected to go in the first round as well.

“The thing I was trying to get across is that I am the real deal, honestly,” Murphy said to WSPA reporter Todd Summers following his private workout last Tuesday. “I think I did exactly what I needed to do to show that, I know who I am, and I know what my abilities are.”

No one is questioning Murphy’s ability. The defensive end held a private workout at Clemson’s Poe Indoor Practice Facility due to a hamstring injury that prevented him from working out in front of pro scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and last month’s Clemson Pro Day.

Twenty-two NFL teams journeyed to Clemson to watch Murphy’s workout last week.

Murphy was clocked at 4.51 in the 40-yard dash, while also showing off his speed and agility with a 4.28 and 7.22 in the pro agility and three-cone drills.

“I feel like I did exactly what I need to do to show those abilities,” he said.

Murphy has shown off his abilities for much of his Clemson career. In 2022, he earned First-Team All-ACC honors, while racking up 45 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. He also had 6.5 sacks.

He finished his Clemson career with 139 tackles, 37 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, 17.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and six broken up passes during a 38-game career. He started 27 of those 38 games.

“I am just enjoying this entire process,” Murphy said. “I know there is a lot of unknowns of where I am going to go, when I am going to go. I am just worrying about what I can control, really. I can’t control what a GM thinks of me. I can’t control what other teams think of me and if they want me or not.

“All I can do is just put my best foot forward.”

photo courtesy of Clemson Athletic Communications

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